Is it a sin to drink alcohol? I haven’t taken a survey or anything, but if I had to guess, I would say most Christians have had an alcoholic beverage at some point in their life. So, if drinking alcohol is, in fact, a sin, there are quite a few Christians who have some repenting to do.
Psalm 104:14-15 tells us that wine makes a man’s heart glad! Well, that may be true, but, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should drink. Just because something makes us glad, well, that doesn’t mean we should do it. Let’s be honest, lots of sins make us glad. That’s part of the allure of sin.
Timothy was instructed to drink a little wine for a stomach ailment. But, the wine was for medicinal purposes. Most folks who drink aren’t doing it because of a medical condition. (And sorry, hating your job is not a medical condition.)
In the Gospel of John, Chapter 2, Jesus turns water into wine for a wedding. Now, just because He miraculously made wine, that doesn’t mean He is condoning drinking. However, He had the opportunity to openly condemn the consumption of alcohol, and He didn’t. If drinking is sinful, I can’t imagine Jesus would use His miraculous abilities to create wine. That doesn’t seem very Christ-like. If drinking is a sin, I would imagine He would’ve left the water, as it was, and told them to go and sin no more. That seems much more Jesus’ style.
There are a few verses that tell us not be drunkards (I Corinthians 6:9-10 for example), but it doesn’t appear that God takes much issue with us having a glass of wine with dinner. Or, dare I say, a beer during a football game. Ecclesiastes 9:7 tells us to “drink our wine with a merry heart!” Based on my research on this subject, no, drinking alcohol is not a sin. But, being a drunkard is. There is a difference there.
HOWEVER, it is also important to make wise decisions. If you’ve struggled with drinking in the past or alcoholism runs in your family, perhaps it would be best to just abstain from drinking. If you don’t want to abstain completely, limit your drinking to special occasions. I reached a point a few years ago where I knew I was drinking way too much. That’s why, now, I only drink on the rarest of occasions. Honestly, in 3 years, I have literally had less than a tablespoon of alcohol. That is no exaggeration either…
And ultimately, 1 Corinthians 10:31 becomes my go-to verse. In everything you do, bring glory to God. Can you bring glory to God having a nice family dinner accompanied by a glass of red wine? Sure. Are you bringing glory to God when you can’t pay your rent because you spent all your money on liquor? No.
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